How to get your provisional license in Oklahoma

An Oklahoma intermediate or provisional license is the second step in the state’s three-part Graduated Driver License program. Here’s how to get yours and a full license in Oklahoma.
Written by Jaya Anandjit
Reviewed by Kathleen Flear
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An
Oklahoma
intermediate or provisional license is the second step in the three-part Graduate Driver License program for new drivers. Applicants with a learner’s permit and a completed driver's education certificate can get their intermediate license once they are at least 16 years and six months.
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What is an intermediate driver’s license in Oklahoma?

An Oklahoma intermediate driver’s license is the second step in the state’s Graduated Driver’s License (GDL) program. It gives drivers the opportunity to excel their skills before they get an unrestricted Oklahoma driver’s license.
There are three levels to the GDL process in Oklahoma:
  • Learner’s permit
  • Intermediate license
  • Full driver’s license
Rookie drivers can get driver’s permits in Oklahoma as early as the age of 15 years and 6 months old. Permit drivers will be required to pass a vision test, and a knowledge test to get their license. Drivers under 16 years and 6 months old are required to provide a driver education completed certificate as well.
Out-of-state drivers with less than 12 months of intermediate license driving experience must go through all phases of the Oklahoma GDL process to obtain a license in Oklahoma.
If these requirements are met, you can bring your certificate of completion, your driving practice log, and your Oklahoma learner’s permit to the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety (DPS) to apply for your intermediate license.

What are the age requirements for an Oklahoma intermediate driver’s license?

The
driving age in Oklahoma
is at least 16 years old to apply for an intermediate license—and if the driver is under 16 years and 6 months, they must complete a licensed driver education course. Drivers under 18 must wait six months after they get their driver's permit before getting their intermediate license, whereas drivers over 18 will only be required to wait 30 days.
Intermediate license applicants must also complete at least 50 hours of behind-the-wheel training with a qualified supervising driver, and 10 of those hours must be at night.

How long is an intermediate license in Oklahoma?

Drivers under 18 must hold their intermediate license for at least 6 months before moving onto the next step in the process (getting a full license). Drivers over 18 only need to wait 30 days before applying for an unrestricted license. 
During this time, drivers cannot receive moving violations or traffic tickets. If this happens, you will remain at your current driving level until six months have passed since the date of conviction. 
Out-of-state drivers over the age of 16 with intermediate licenses of 12 months from another state or from a province in Canada can receive a credit for the timeframe in which they’ve held their intermediate license, or they will be issued an Oklahoma state intermediate license.

What are the rules for driving with an intermediate license in Oklahoma?

Based on age, drivers with an intermediate license in Oklahoma can drive unsupervised within certain hours of the day. Intermediate drivers are required to use seat belts at all times and maintain a
clean driving record
.
If a driver is caught using their cell phone or wireless devices while driving or if they’re involved in moving violations while driving with an intermediate license, their license will be suspended for up to one year. Drivers who completed the educational course will have their license suspended for six months.

What are the restrictions for an intermediate license?

Intermediate drivers in Oklahoma are not permitted to use cell phones or wireless devices while operating a vehicle. Drivers will also face the following license restrictions: 
  • Driving is permitted between 5 am to 10 pm with exceptions for work, school, church, or similar activities
  • Driving is permitted outside of these hours with a licensed passenger of 21 years old (license valid for more than two years)
  • Driving is permitted with one passenger who is not a family member or one passenger under the age of 21 unless accompanied by a supervisor
Drivers must also keep their seatbelts on at all times when driving, as per
Oklahoma’s seat belt laws
.

How do I change my Oklahoma intermediate license to a full license?

Intermediate drivers can graduate to a full unrestricted license after the appropriate time period with a clean driving record has passed. 
Individuals over 18 can get their full license 30 days after getting their intermediate license, while those under 18 with a driving course certificate will need to wait six months. Drivers under 18 without an education certificate will have to wait one year to get their full license. 
Intermediate license holders can book a test with the Oklahoma DPS, and bring their proof of ID, social insurance number, social security verification form, a vehicle for testing, a fee, and their intermediate license to the driver skills test to get a full license.
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